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Queensland Premier Rugby Match Reports - Round 13

Norths run away with it late

Norths registered a 38-29 victory over Bond University on the Gold Coast to claim their fourth win of the year.

Norths applied early pressure but a loss of possession let Bond off the hook and Callum McDonald punished the Eagles with a try underneath the uprights.

Norths responded with a try to Siupeli Vaipulu but Nick Chapman’s failed conversion attempt kept Bond ahead by two points.

In the 25th minute, a Norths knock-on led to a scrum where they collapsed it to concede a penalty and give Bond the field position for Hayden Sargeant’s try.

Right before half time, Mitch Third snuck in a penalty kick to give the home side a 17-5 lead at the half-time break.

Straight after half time, Norths hit back with Vaipulu’s second try reducing the Bond’s lead to seven points.

The Eagles levelled when Kane Douglas delivered a late no look offload to Duncan Paia’aua who crossed for visitors third try.
Norths hit the lead in the 60th minute when Kyran Tanuvasa capitalised on the go forward the pack provided with a well-executed rolling maul.

Bond’s forward pack hit back with a rolling maul of their own, sucking in the Eagles defenders before Vitori Buatava fired a cut-out pass to Brad Jones, who hit the hole and levelled the scores.

A try to prop Jonathan Phelan with 12 minutes remaining put Bond ahead by five but the home side turned over the ball off the restart and gave Norhts an attacking opportunity.

Tonga Ma’afu burrowed his way over from close range and Chapman made no mistake with the conversion to put the Eagles ahead.

Paia’aua intercepted with three minutes remaining and offloaded to Chapman who raced away to put the nail in Bond’s coffin.

Norths head to Tigerland in Round 14, while Bond University will travel to Crosby Park to face Brothers.

Norths 38 (S Vaipulu 2 tries T Ma'afu K Tanuvasa N Chapman D Paia'Aua tries N Chapman 4 cons) d Bond University 29 (J Phelan C McDonald B Jones H Sargeant tries M Third pen 3 cons)

Easts spoil Brothers' Old Boys Day celebrations

Easts secured a 26-22 win over Brothers at Crosby Park on Saturday.

The Tigers were trailing late in the match before a David Yabsley try in the 75fth minute saw them snatch back the lead to spoil Brothers’ Old Boys Day celebrations.

Brothers opened up the scoring two minutes into the match when Mitch Felsman swooped on a loose ball and raced away for a try.

Criff Tupou took a quick tap five metres out from the line and barged his way over to extend Brothers lead to 12-0.

A sneaky no-look flick pass by Alfonso Horomia put David Yabsley in a half hole before the inside centre received the ball back to dot down for the Tigers’ first.

Easts levelled the scores when Jack Frampton sliced through Brothers’ defence and then held the ball up to put Izack Rodda over.

With half time approaching, Brothers backline put the ball through the hands to open up the space for Felsman’s second try.

After the break, Tiko Navaitalai re-levelled the scores with a powerful run from close range to open the scoring

With the scores locked up at 19-all both sides had opportunities to break the game open but it took a Lawson Creighton 70th minute penalty goal.

The Tigers turned down a shot at goal and went searching for the win by kicking the ball deep into touch.

After a rolling maul and a number of tight phases, the Tigers swung the ball wide where Brothers defence were caught napping for Yabsley's try.

Brothers had one final crack after the siren and looked threatening but a knock on handed the Tigers the win.

In Round 14 Brothers will welcome Bond University to Crosby Park and Easts will host Norths at David Wilson Field.

Easts 26 (A Horomia D Yabsley N Tiko I Rodda tries T Smith 2 cons J Tibbetts con) d Brothers 22 (M Felsman 2 tries C Tupou try L Creighton pen 2 cons)

The Heavies too good at home

University of Queensland ran away with a 42-7 win over Wests at St Lucia on Saturday.

The Heavies overcame an early deficit and ran in six unanswered tries including a double to Nathan Russell.

The bonus-point victory put UQ 23 competition points ahead of second-placed GPS, with four matches left to play.

Bulldogs scrumhalf Liam Dillon sniped from the base of the ruck early to draw first blood but it was all downhill from there for the visitors who failed to breach the Heavies line again.

Wests appeared to have scored again soon after Dillon’s effort but Connor Anderson was held up over the line and UQ escaped from their red zone.

Campbell Wakely was held up at the other end before Russell chimed in from fullback for his first try.

A well-executed rolling maul set up Jack de Guigand’s try and the Heavies took a 19-7 lead into the break after Josh Birch finished off an attacking raid.

Almost immediately after the break Moses Sorovi danced and dummied his way through the Bulldogs defensive line to dive over under the uprights for the opening score of the half.

With the momentum well and truly behind them, the Heavies continued to attack and Jack Cornelsen found the try line to extend the home side’s lead to 35-7.

A brilliant long-range attacking movement saw James Dalgleish put Harry Parker away up the touchline. The winger was supported by Sorovi who received the inside pass before delivering one final pass for Russell’s second.

University of Queensland will have the bye in Round 14 while Wests return home to Sci-Fleet Stadium to host Sunnybank.

University of Queensland 42 (N Russell 2 tries J de Guingand J Cornelsen M Sorovi J Birch tries J Dalgleish 6 cons) d Wests 7 (L Dillon try B Hutchinson con)

The Dragons claim the Southern Derby

Sunnybank celebrated Old Boys Day with a 19-5 win over Souths at Oldmac Oval on Saturday.

Sunnybank came out firing in front of a large crowd, showing physicality in all areas of the game.

Several days of rain in the lead up to the match resulted in slippery conditions that forced the sides to keep the ball in tight.

The Dragons forward pack proved they are a force no to be reckoned with, dominating the set piece and constantly applying pressure at the breakdowns.

Five minutes into the match, the Dragons swung the ball through the hands and Joey Fittock put Jason Beeton over for the first try.

As the clock ticked past the 20-minute mark, Jake McIntyre stepped into first receiver dummied and went through untouched for the Dragons’ second try.

With a lineout 15 metres out from the try line, Sunnybank mauled the ball forward for Jeffrey Fa’amausili to peel away and push his way over.

Souths had Sunnybank pinned in their own 22 on the cusp of half time but couldn’t convert pressure into points, leaving the score at 19-0 at the break.

That score line remained for much of the second half but a yellow card to Sunnybank prop Moli Sooaemmalelagi gave Souths the opportunity to hit back.

A looping cut-out pass from Paul brown hit Niko Bueta out wide and the fullback cruised over to reduce Sunnybank’s lead.

Led by tireless captain Brendan Mitchell, Sunnybank’s forward pack caused headaches for the Magpies attack while Fa’amasuili’s strong ball carries were an asset in attack as he constantly got Sunnybank over the advantage line.

Souths outside centre Levi Aumua demonstrated his own physicality with strong runs and looked like scoring before a combined effort from Jake Strachan and Isaac Lucas shut him down.

The Dragons head to Sci-Fleet stadium in Round 14 to face Wests while Souths travel to Yoku Road to play the Gallopers.

Sunnybank 19 (J Faamausili J Beeton J McIntyre tries J Strachan 2 cons) d Souths 5 (N Bueta try)

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